320039 :Smart Business Networks


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures and group assignments (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam (60%) + paper (40%) (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:via Blackboard
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dr. M.T. Smits (coordinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define performance indicators (KPIs) at firm level, network level, and team level and analyze the effects of different KPIs at different levels on business performance;
  • Explain and predict the impact of IT (applications and infrastructure) on (1) the business strategies of firms in a network, (2) intra- and inter-organizational business processes in the network, (3) the organizational structure of the business network, and (4) the performance of the business network;
  • Analyze, evaluate, and suggest alternatives for changes in structure, process, and performance of business networks by using (1) Coordination Theory, Transaction Cost Theory, Resource Dependency Theory, (2) Networkability assessment tool, (3) Strategic Alignment Model, (4) Extended Strategic Alignment Model;
  • Analyze and evaluate the effects of organizational structure, business processes, ICT, and coordination mechanisms in a business network on the performance of the network over time, and advise on business and IT innovations.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Modern IT is everywhere and triggers organizations to work together in business networks based on the smart use of IT. This course focuses on recent developments in e-business networking theory and practice. Key questions in this course are "why are some firms succesful in building inter-organizational relationships?" and "why are some business networks more succesful that others?" To answer these questions, we use theory on Smart Business Networking (Van Heck and Vervest, 2007), Networkability Theory (Osterle et al, 2001), and the (extended) Strategic Alignment model.

The course consists of weekly lectures (2x2 hours) and several group assignments. For the main group assignment, students choose one business network, analyze the structure, functioning, IT, strategy and performance of this network (including analysis of smartness and networkability). Finally, hypotheses are tested, the future performance of the network is predicted, and practical recommendations are given.

The overall aim is to understand how IT affects networkability of the firm and how firms can create smart business networks. It provides a management perspective on the processes of choosing, adopting and deploying e-commerce strategies and applications as well for new start ups (so called 'dot com companies') and for existing 'old economy' businesses.


Verplichte literatuur

  1. See information Blackboard.

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. Osterle, H., Fleisch, E. & R. Alt, Business Networking: Shaping Collaboration Between Enterprises, Springer, 2nd Edition, ISBN 3-540-41351-0.

Gewenste voorkennis

Information Systems Strategy, Business Networks and Inter-Organizational Systems

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